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Bay Laurel Trail

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0.2 mile 0.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -51' -16 m
High: 530' 161 m
Low: 479' 146 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

A short, shaded trail between the Meadowlark Trail and the Woodland Star Trail.

David Hitchcock

Features Birding · Wildflowers

The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online. The Bay Laurel Trail is one of seasonal trails and may be closed due to rain. Call 650-329-2423 or check online.

Description

The Bay Laurel Trail can be reached by heading into the park from the parking area along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail and the Meadowlark Trail. As the Meadowlark Trail goes off to the left, the Bay Laurel Trail continues straight as it descends and narrows to 3-4 feet wide. It transforms from a gravel path into a dirt path. The Ohlone Trail breaks off to the right as the trail descends into the trees. There are wildflowers on both sides in the shade. On the right side of the trail there is a small creek that provides nourishment to the large trees in this area. When there is a lot of rain, this trail may be closed as the water drains into the creek bed. The trail finally turns to the right where it meets the Woodland Star Trail.

Note: A paved road goes to the left near the end of the trail that leads up to a fenced off area that is not accessible to the public.

Turning to the right allows you to follow the Woodland Star Trail back to the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail in the shade. If you go to the left, the Woodland Star Trail climbs out of the trees offering great views of the surrounding hills.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes, turkeys, hawks, turkey vultures, and other varieties of birds can be seen in the area. Mountain lion sightings have been reported in the area, so keep an eye out.

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Mar 26, 2016
David Hitchcock
Pleasant hike in the shade. 0.2mi

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Water runs down the middle of the trail as it approaches the Laurel Bay Trail.
Mar 27, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The trail drops through a shaded area thanks to the creek bed that runs on the right hand side of the trail.
Mar 27, 2016 near Ladera, CA
Small wildflowers bloom in the spring.
Apr 6, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The dry creek bed that the trail crosses.
Apr 6, 2016 near Ladera, CA
Some areas of the trail are shaded. You can see where mountain bikers and horses have turned up a damp part of the trail. It's easy to get around, but serves as a reminder that this is a shared use trail.
Mar 27, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The trail hugs the hills and wildflowers bloom on the side of the trail in the spring.
Apr 9, 2016 near Ladera, CA

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